The forgotten history of Viewbank homestead and the Martin family
The Casselden Place dig was undertaken in 2002 and at the time of excavation was the biggest archaeological dig ever carried out in Victoria. It revealed not only artefacts in their thousands, but gave us an even greater glimpse into the life and times of Melbourne's 19th century.
Cable Tram Tracks
A 200 metre stretch of late 19th century cable tram infrastructure was unearthed along Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne
Heritage Victoria created a plan of the Central Business District that identifies all sites that have the potential to contain archaeological remains.
In April 2009, Heritage Victoria conducted an educational dig at a former 19th century rubbish tip in Warrnambool. This exercise gave more than 150 primary school students from Warrnambool West Primary and Port Fairy Consolidated the chance to 'be an archaeologist for a day'.
Thousands of historic artefacts and significant architectural remains were unearthed that have given an insight into the lives of the 19th century residents of Cohen Place.
Melting pot - Food, wine and culture in Victoria
Beginning with the limited supplies carried on board during migration, the food industry rapidly increased towards the 1850s, with agriculture becoming an integral part of Victoria. Through the migration boom after the Gold Rush, the dynamic of what was being eaten began to change, with Victoria’s growing multicultural community introducing many new recipes.
A time capsule buried in a fountain commemorating explorers Burke and Wills has been recovered after almost 150 years. Valuable coins were found intact.
Chinese Brickmaking Kiln
In 2005, a section of a mid-19th century Chinese brickmaking kiln was unexpectedly discovered in Bendigo in an area known as Ironbark Chinese camp.